Former Clippers backbone DeAndre Jordan returns to Los Angeles to join the Lakers, a franchise that now boasts a record number of All-Stars.
As the start of the NBA season quickly approaches, the stars continue to pile up in Los Angeles. And if the Clippers reached the conference final, for the first time in their history, in the last fiscal year, it is the Lakers who are attracting prestigious players. Anxious to recover their title gleaned in 2020, the team of LeBron James, released in the first round of the play-offs by the Suns in June, is strengthening on all sides and continues to add experience to try to ” get this new ring and become, on its own, the most successful franchise in history. Highly coveted free agent, the 33-year-old pivot DeAndre Jordan has therefore signed up with the Lakers for a one-year contract with the minimum salary of $ 2.6 million (€ 2.9 million).. After playing last season with the Nets, where was in competition with Blake Griffin, Jeff Green and even Nicolas Claxton, the native of Houston will find himself within the team led by Frank Vogel, where several pivots pile up. And some might leave. Since with Anthony Davis, who will be used mainly in post 5, Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol and therefore DeAndre Jordan will compete for the remaining minutes closest to the racket. A departure from Gasol would therefore be considered.
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An All Star record in the same team
The former Clippers player, who averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds last season in Brooklyn, will therefore become the eighth All Star of the franchise in Los Angeles, in an elderly team since, except Anthony Davis (28), the other seven are over 32 years old. The experienced pivot arrives in California after being sent to Detroit in exchange for Jahlil Okafor and Frenchman Sékou Doumbouya. But it was immediately cut by the Pistons via a buy-out of $ 20 million. “DJ” will be able to play his first match in his new colors on October 19 against the Warriors, at the start of the season.